Blood cancers

Dr Kyohei Nakamura: can the Samurai warrior spirit help defeat MM?

Dr Kyohei Nakamura is a research officer at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute where he works with Professor Mark Smyth on the immunology of multiple myeloma.

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Challenge: can you describe the aim of your research in 10 words? To better understand the immune microenvironment underpinning multiple myeloma. What have you discovered in this area so far? Our major finding is that IL-18 is abundantly released in the myeloma environment, which contributes to generation of the immunosuppressive microenvironment. We found high levels ...

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